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cross. the fire is still under investigation. >>> a change by the pentagon regarding benefits for same-sex couples who serve in the mitt tri. >> also head, boy scouts of america set to make a decision that could reverse a long- standing and sometimes controversial policy on members who are gay.   this is dylan right here, this is dylan, and this is his big brother hayden. dylan's only five, but he's already been through two surgeries for brain tumors. and he just went through his second round of chemo. and this is their mother, dawn, who runs this loving and happy home. she too struggled with tumors. but that doesn't slow her down. her love of family comes first. their dad, phil, works two jobs, repairing copiers, and on weekends delivering newspapers. but the bills keep piling up, and the heating bill gets pushed off. when you learn about their difficulties, it just breaks your heart. when we asked the biggest oil companies to help families in need, only citgo, the people of venezuela, and president hugo chavez responded. thanks to them, citizens
with the jewelry inside. fox 5's lauren demarco has the details. >> it happened at fashion center at pentagon city earlier today. the suspects were in and out in under a minute and tonight they're still on the loose. >> we can say it's a smash and grab job. >> within a matter of seconds police say four suspects walk into this zales jewelry store, bust open a case and make off with handfuls of jewelry. police say they took 27 diamond rings. >> and approximate value of $128,000. >> surveillance video shows at least one of the men using a hammer to break through the protective glass. then all four grab what they can. officials say no employees or customers were hurt. >> no threats were made. the employe feared for their safety, so they backed away. >> it happened after 11 a.m. inside the fashion center at pentagon city. >> it's a shock to hear at 11:00 broad daylight, a lot of people. >> mall employee anthony glover says he'll be extra careful in the suspects are caught. >> they do make my a little nervous, you know. have to watch myself. >> after grabbing the rings the suspects ran for the nearest e
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
. destroy boring car interiors forever. and that's how you do it. easy. ♪ >> the pentagon is trying to save money. it's cutting its aircraft c arrier presence from two to o ne. >>> the post office hopes to save $2 billion a year. starting in august, due to an increase, it has increased since 2010. >>> the boy scouts of america says it won't decide until may about whether to allow gay s couts and scout leaders. the executive board says the delay is needed because of the complexity of the issue. it's receiving a lot of heat from both sides. >>> making good on a super bowl bet. how senators plan to pay up.   [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards t
marco joins us with the details. >> it happened at the fashion mall in pentagon city earlier today. you can clearly see four men wearing hoods walk into zales jewelry store. at least one suspect is armed with a hammer and begins smashing away at the glass. the others help peel it back and all four grab what they can. they made off with 27 diamond rings, estimated value $128,000. after grabbing the rings the suspects took off running for the nearest exit. it led to the top level of the parking garage where there was a get-away driver in a red sedan. they drove through a closed gate exiting onto 15th street. investigators are checking security cameras in the garage to see if they can get a better description on the car or tag numbers. >> it's pretty scary because you come to the city thinking there's security and there's security all over the mall. so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it's masks, but they did conceal their faces. so maybe through clothes the public will be able to help us locating these individuals.
cases know what his own policy was, i mean, he'll be the head of the pentagon. >> well, it raises questions on shows like this but -- >> senator, it wouldn't raise a question in your mind? >> he corrected his answers and he watch as -- i think he misspoke and it wasn't as if he was projecting a real difference on policy with the administration. but, ultimately in matters, chris, it is how he performs as secretary of defense. on gates, leon panetta set the bar pretty high and i think he'll clear the bar and is better prepared the next time. >> chris: laura, at various point, in hagel's testimony he didn't seem to know or thought much about major issues, about the pentagon, about mondaying, at one point called the iranian government legitimate and elected. are you as forgiving as senator bayh. >> the russians and the chinese were probably watching how this played out, because, i -- as bill kristol -- he was right when he said it wasn't just a second rate performance, it could have been the worst performance that ever took place at a confirmation hearing and that is saying something,
smashed their way into a jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. four masked men used hammers to smash the display case after getting away in a car and smashed through a gate leaving the mall. >>> straight ahead here on the news edge, a u.s. senator defends a message. some are calling racist. >> this is a building designed for the people who help keep all of us safe. and about to open. i'm beth parker. the story coming up. >> the parade route is set for after the ravens return home. touched down at bwi moments ago. a recap ahead in the sports edge. >> and taco bell's superbowl commercial was a hit among viewers. shows senior citizens blowing off steam and headed back to the nursing home where they topped off with a meal from taco bell.  all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> arizon
in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we would hope that congress would meet their obligations to us and to the public. >> reporter: virginia congressman frank wolf wrote to the president and speaker arguing the bipartisan plan would avoid sequestration and stop its widespread affect on jobs. >> sequestration will hurt not only the defense side bow the non-defens
on tape. take a look. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the fashion center at pentagon city. the men smashed a display case and took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting in the parking lot for them at the time. fortunately, no one was hurt during this. the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information is asked to call arlington county police. police. >>> new this morning, the d.c. region is once again tops when it comes to the worst traffic congestion in the country. >> and from the sounds of it, it is only going to get worse. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live along i-207 in rockville, maryland with details of this brand-new study. >> good morning. at this hour of the morning, of course, things moving along pretty well along 270. as we know, with any of the major arteries and the side roads in the area, just one little accident can snarl the entire morning for commuters. it really is becoming a problem and it just -- it is one of those things that isn't getting any better. now, according to the texas transportation institute study, they say that our
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
troops to decide whether to allow gay members. >>> the pentagon is also taking steps to be more inclusive of gays. defense secretary will extend some benefits to same sex partners of military members. comes more than a year after the pentagon lifted the ban on gays serving in the military. >> president obama will try to sell democrats on his plans for immigration, gun control and the economy during a closed door meeting today. this happened in annapolis. the president's ambitious second term agenda relies on support from law makers. >>> and while the president heads to maryland. >> billions of dollars will take effect next month. without one, the district could be hit hard. melanie alnwick is live with the latest details. >> reporter: tony and allison, if you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have. a very long and frustrating game of kick the can here. seems like over and over again. these cuts were supposed to kick in january 1st. back in 2011 and 2012, congress could not agree on a broader package. that was an exchange for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling
at pentagon city mall. the men smashed a display case with a hammer and then took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting for them in the parking lot. >> it was pretty scary. you come to the city thinking there is security and there is security all over the mall so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it is masked but they did conceal the faces. so maybe through clothes, the public will be able to help us locate the individuals. >> the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information should call arlington county police. >>> president obama takes his push for gun control reform on the road speaking with law enforcement about his plans to prevent another tragedy. >> new information about a bus company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend. details on a long list of safety problems coming up. time now is 4:36. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant [ huhummin] [ babblin
on camera smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. patty herwitz is the owner of the frederick store. >> i had seen that and when i looked up from my desk and saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought, they're here, same ones. >> reporter: the suspects have done a pretty good job hiding their faces, so no descriptions are available. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up. if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> employees and customers victimized today in frederick were treated for exposure to pepper spray, none of them hospitalized. ed. >>> two people dead after a morning fire at a house that was supposed to be vacant at a row home lounge r street southeast. witnesses say -- along r street southeast. witnesses say they could see flames across the anacostia river. firefighters found the victims inside the boarded up home both reportedly burned beyond facial recognition which may make it very difficult to ide
, we're following two big stories this morning. the pentagon forced to make a major cut that some are concerned will be a threat to security. >>> time now is 5:28.  [ male announcer ] pipillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ malcrrkkhshziiiizzlllee. to this symphony of flavor: beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. >>> good morning on this thursday, looking live over washington d.c. going to be a little cold. little check in with tucker now and get the latest on our forecast. >>> good morning. just looking at the latest s torm. we have a developing storm tomorrow. we're going to be on the southern and western end of it. if you don't like winter w eather, that's good news for u s. our friends to the north will be shoveling and shoveling later t
pentagon parking and the earlier crash has cleared. lanes are open. southbound connecticut avenue. heavy and slow from the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> julie, thank you very much. chief financial officer says he is stepping down june 1st. he has served the city for nearly 15 years and is just one year into his current five year term. a spokes person says the retirement is for purely personal reasons. comes amid questions into tax assessments and transparency. for more on the surprising resignation and what's next, we turn to jack evans. good morning, a little unfair. everybody was up watching the superbowl. thanks for coming in early. let's talk about this. is this a surprise resignation? >> a little bit of a surprise. confirmed for another five year term in june. not been that long. i was surprised when he decided to go. he's had a rough six months. maybe that entered into his decision. >> purely personal reasons. that is the story we are reporting. that is what your office has heard. >> that's what he told me personally he was leaving to focus more time in
prepared level in a decade. the pentagon announced wednesday it has approved cutting the aircraft carriers from 2 to 1. the move will save millions of dollars each year. despite his opposition, some analysts say the move is logical. >> so all it does is temporarily at times reduce our standing cape ability to launch a preemptive strike. so if we change our mind we can change the policy. >> budget issues are forcing carriers to stay at sea longer for nine instead of 6. >> attracted hundreds of protestors yesterday. governor martin omalley is calling for a ban on military type rifles increasing licensing fees and requiring training in order to own a gun. the governor believes his plan will prevent dangerous people from owning the guns. republicans say it punishes the wrong people. also in maryland, a push to increase the number of early voting centers. the early voting access act will be considered today and if passed would allow more early voting centers during primary elections. comes after voters were forced to wait in line for hours to cast their ballot during the presidential election i
a look at this. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. the men smashed adisplea case and took off with 27 diamond rings worth more than $120,000. >>> dog lovers will be rallying in annapolis today. we are trying to change the maryland law that singles out pit bulls as an inherently dangerous breed. a state senate committee will hear a new bill today that would ease the court of appeals ruling last year that held pit bull owners and landlords to strict standards. it would let defendants have a chaps to court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous. >>> a push tomorrow prove the city's health care. phil mendelsohn will propose a bill that, for passed would mandate a nurse to patient ratio. yesterday, supporters packed the d.c. council chambers and they say the bill is necessary to combat a growing problem of fewer nurses and more patients in hospitals. >>> d.c. mayor vincent gray will deliver his state of the district tonight. he is expected to lay out the current status of the city and outline his plans for 2013. the mayor says the surplus will
and there is a people would use the pentagon metro station. three of the station's six escalators will go out of service starting today. they are being completely replaced. now, the project should be finished sometime in the fall. >>> bus rider coming in from the west have a new place to leave their cars. a new park and ride lot opens today in ashburn. this is for the people would use the loudoun county tyson's express bus service. the new lot is at goose creek village at the corner of sickle and bell montreal ridge road. >>> the ravens win super bowl xlvii and it was an extra special night for joe flacco who was named mvp. hear what he has to say about the honor. the honor.  [ woman ] my boyfriend andnd i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou
it would contain. jennifer davis, fox news. >> now to a news alert out of the pentagon city, thieves smashed their way into a jewelry display counter and made off with handfuls of jewelry. the thieves used hammers to do the job and ran to a get away car in the parking garage. smooshed through a gate as it got away. >> no one was injured inside the store in terms of patrons or employees. however, the employees did fear for their safety so they backed away. >> police say the thieves grabbed 27 diamond rings worth $128,000. >> police think two attempted bank robberies by a woman in upper northwest dc may be related. one happened here on connecticut avenue in cleveland park just after 9:30 this morning. the other happened at the p and c bank in tinley town. the suspect was described as a woman. here are the surveillance photos wearing sun glasses, puffy coat with a bandage on her face. she was seen getting away in a black car. >> dc police arrested a man in a deadly stabbing. happened on the 1600 block of fuller street. charged with murdering howard veneble junior. >> as the 5 continues
of jobs in our area could be in jeopardy from classrooms to the pentagon. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> good morning to you. straight up 6:00. live look outside right now. the washington monument in the background right now. temperatures 31 degrees. a chilly wednesday, hump day, february 6, 2013. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. >> we do have two school delays to pass along to you. garrett county, maryland public schools are on a two-hour delay and also a two-hour delay for the mountain ridge district in allegany county. a little bit of weather they are dealing with out there. >> yeah, we've had the series of clipper systems and they've been getting a little more each time than what we get around here. a little icy. that is the worst of t to the east of the bay, we are getting reports of fog. otherwise, around here, just some cloud cover to start your morning. your commute should be dry. kids going to the bus stop, it is cold in the low 30s. want to be ready for a february morning. but later this afternoon, a little sunshine. something we haven't done fo
the day after four thieves pulled off this smash and grab robbery at the zales jewelry store in pentagon city. the same gang of thieves? police in both arlington and frederick are comparing videos and notes. >> we were open today, all day, and tomorrow will be open completely full staffed back to business as usual because valentine's day is coming. >> lieutenant pennington says arresting one of the men should help them close the case. as one person on the street in frederick tonight told us, there's no honor among thieves. brian. >>> bob barnard tonight. taking a live look outside. calm and quiet out there now. changes may be coming. it's looking worse for our neighbors to the north. sue has the details. sue, what do you see? >> for the first time this year, we had a lot of clippers coming through, but now there's a southern storm that is trying to get organized and that will be a player. let me show you what i'm talking about as we check out our radar. you can see a batch of snow north of chicago and a lot of heavy rain down east of houston traveling along the gulf coast. it appears
story ahead at 6. >> and the pentagon takes a stance in support of same-sex marriage. just ahead on the news edge at 6.  dinner's ready. [ female announcer ] hamburger helper stroganoff. beefy. creamy. stroganoffy. helpers. forty dishes, all delicious. i just finished a bowl of your light chicken pot pie soup and it was so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> a jury is deciding the fate of a baltimore man accused of killing a teenager. felicia barns disappeared in 2010 while visiting relatives during a trip from north carolina. months later, her body was found in the susquehanna river. michael johnson is accused in her death. he raped her inside the apartment, killed her and ditched the body in the river. no one saw him do it and there was no motive for the crime. >>> a judge denied zimmerman's request to have more time to prepare for his upcoming murder trial. where's accused of killing
. in the meantime, panetta made news yesterday when he said for the first time the pentagon backed the idea of giving arms to rebels in syria. it's been reported hillary clinton and former cia director petraeus asked the white house for permission to arm the syrian rebels but were denied. >>> to d.c. politics now, the city's ethics board says it will not pursue evidence i found against council member jim graham. the board says further action cannot be taken because the incident happened before the ethics board was created. however, a federal grand jury is investigating graham and the contracting process. >>> fairfax county police say the serial fondler has struck again. take a good look at this updated sketch. now 18 incidents reported in and around springfield since september. all of which have the same suspect description and the same m.o. the man comes from behind and gropes women and runs. he has previously been described as having a beard. nowe's described as acne on his shaving bumps. >>> a maryland mother is facing charges that she murdered her 2- year-old. police say chelsea booth c
briefing tuesday. >>> and leon panetta testified thursday saying the pentagon did not have any forces close to libya when the u.s. consulate was attacked last september. he also said for the first time, or he said for the first time that the defense department supported arming rebels in syria. that's a direct contrast to the official position of the obama administration. >>> funeral services will be held at arlington cemetery today for a virginia soldier. 28-year-old sergeant aaron whitman was a graduate of the citadel. he was on his second deployment to afghanistan when he was killed last month. he was the first u.s. combat casualty of the year. he was based out of fort stewart, georgia. >>> the first lady will attend the funeral of the murdered chicago teenager who performed at the president's inauguration. funeral services for hadiya pendleton will be held tomorrow. police say the drum majorette was talking with a group of friends last week when she was shot in the back by a stray bullet. so far, no arrests in this case. but it has brought renewed attention to chicago's high moderated an
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